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Acceptable Calculators

What is and isn't allowed for the SAT® on test day

Every mathematics question on the SAT can be solved without a calculator. However, using a calculator may be helpful for some questions. Scientific or graphing calculators are recommended.

Calculator primer

  • Students should bring a calculator with which they are familiar and comfortable. Their degree of familiarity with the operation of a calculator may affect how well they do on the test.
  • Students should bring extra batteries and, if possible, a backup.
    calculator—test center staff do not have batteries or extra calculators.
  • Students are not required to clear the memory on their calculators before testing.
  • Students are not permitted to share their calculators. Students who use their calculators to share or exchange information during the test are dismissed and their scores are canceled.
  • Students using a calculator with a large (characters one inch or more high) or raised display that might be visible to other test-takers are seated at the discretion of the test supervisor.

The following are not allowed:

  • Calculators with QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypads
  • Calculators that contain electronic dictionaries
  • Calculators with paper tape or printers
  • Calculators that "talk" or make noise
  • Calculators that require an electrical outlet
  • Cell-phone calculators
  • Pocket organizers or personal digital assistants
  • Handheld minicomputers, PowerBooks, or laptop computers
  • Electronic writing pads or pen-input and stylus-driven devices (the Sharp 9600-EL can be used without the stylus)

Customized Entry Pages

Related Materials

Go to the SAT Downloads and Materials Ordering page to view and print these and other related materials:

  • Anticipated SAT Administration Dates 2013-2015
  • The Paper Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests
  • This Is Your SAT
  • SAT Program Student Brochure, U.S. edition
  • SAT Program Student Brochure, International edition
  • SAT Code List, U.S. version
  • SAT Code List, International version
  • Counselor's Guide to SAT Program Fee Waivers

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